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French coach praises Chelsea's wonderkid signing

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French wonderkid Gael Kakuta will benefit from his loan spell at Fulham, French under 20 coach Francis Smerercki said, after Chelsea gave into pressure and allowed the youngster to move.

"During our two friendly matches in Peru in March, I talked to Gael and he was fine," Smerercki told L'Equipe.

"He feels at ease at Fulham now after initially being wary of going there. He was settled at Chelsea and didn't want things to change.


 

"He has done well at Fulham, though, and they have started to win.”

While Kakuta has been injuried, Smerercki believes that his experience getting game time for Fulham will make him a better player for both Chelsea and France.

"Being at Fulham has allowed him to understand the game better. It has opened his eyes to the job he has to do,” Smerercki said.

"He believes he has improved on a physical level, and I think that is true.

"He might not be back to his best technically, but he is on the right track and I have faith in him."

Chelsea were at first reluctant to loan Kakuta out, with the youngster getting occasional game time with the Blues. But at the tender age of 19, Chelsea and the French team came to the conclusion that regular starts would help the starlet to develop

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